Under 21 Final
MacDonaghs almost caused a major upset when a last minute point deprived them of a famous victory against red-hot favourites Toomevara in Templederry. Both sides finished on 0-19 each after extra time. The Magpies were quickly out of the blocks and hit the first four points. A talented Toomevara outfit settled and struck eight points in succession. Jason Ryan scored three of those from long-range frees. MacDonaghs regained their composure and at the break the score was 0-10 to 0-7 in favour of Toomevara. On the resumption Toomevara extended their lead to five and everything seemed to be following the script. However, the Magpies dug deep. Playing with the club’s traditional fire and commitment they hauled themselves level before the long whistle with each side on a tally of 0-13.
MacDonaghs started the better in extra time and raced three points ahead. Toomevara levelled by the interval. Both sides served up tremendous hurling as they vied for supremacy. Approaching full time Niall Shinners put MacDonaghs a point ahead. However, Toomevara engineered a free in injury time and put the sides level. It had been a heart-warming contest in which MacDonaghs had gone toe-to-toe with a much-fancied Toomevara side. Team: Conor Doheny, Bob Dooley, Stephen Cleary, Tom Dooley, Craig Morgan (0-1), Tomás Hogan (0-1), Conor Austin, Jerome Cahill (0-3), Darragh Peters (0-1), James Cleary, Conor Cleary (0-1), Caoilainn Conroy, Cormac Mannion, Brendan McAdams and Cian Darcy (0-9). Subs: Niall Shinners (0-1), Conor Lillis (0-2) and Finnian Mannion. The North Board had already nominated Toomevara to represent the division in the county championship. That’s a long story. The replay will probably take place on the weekend of 18th December. Toomevara will be even stronger favourites this time. However, MacDonaghs can confound the pundits. Remember the Munster club final replay against Blackrock in l985.
On last Thursday the Liam MacCarthy and Irish Press Cups were brought to all the parish schools by Cian Darcy, Jerome Cahill and Jake Morris, accompanied by Paudie Malone GDA and club officials. Thanks to all the pupils and teachers who gave a rapturous reception to the players.
As part of the 1916 Centenary the North Tipperary G.A.A. Board Convention will be held in the clubroom on this Thursday, 8th December.
The Annual General Meeting will be held in the clubroom on this Friday, 9th December at 8.00pm. It will be preceded by Mass for deceased members in Cloughjordan Church at 7.30pm. Everybody interested in the promotion of Gaelic Games in the parish is invited to attend. Nomination forms, which can be downloaded from website and are also available from Mary McLoughney or Gilbert Williams, must be returned by 9.00pm on this Thursday, 8th December.
”Kilruane MacDonaghs 1970-2013 Heirs to a Proud Tradition” is now on sale in the Book Shop, Friary Street, Nenagh and in Centra, Murphy’s and Rohan’s in Cloughjordan as well as Sullivan’s, Ardcroney. You can also reserve your copy by contacting Gilbert Williams 087-2176452. The 560 page hardback publication costs €30.
The annual Yearbook will be launched after the AGM on this Friday night. The 96 page colour publication has 204 photographs and gives a comprehensive account of all club and camogie activities in this historic year. The Yearbook, costing €10, will be available in all the usual outlets. The Yearbook and Club History make ideal Christmas gifts.
The club extends sympathy to the family of the late John Williams, Ballyhasty, Cloughjordan and to the family of the late Sadie Loughnane, Borrisokane and formerly of Knocknacree.